Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Baby Harper Turns One

It was one year ago that Baby Harper Wooten was born. When I first met him, he was so small that I wasn't even sure how to hold him! Well, the year has flown by and Harper has turned into quite the little man. He's walking, laughing and always smiling. Everyone says he looks identical to how his Dad Josh looked when he was a baby. And I've honestly never seen a little one so well behaved. With all of the attention on him, he never fused or got upset. He just smiled and let everyone hold him (even his future Aunt Kiki :).

The day was also very special because of a surprise visit from Tim's grandpa, Porter Ray. Porter is 85 and I just LOVE him. He reminds me so much of Tim it's scary. He's funny, kind and very handsome. But he can't travel for health reasons so he hasn't left Madison, Alabama in years. He couldn't even come to Birmingham for Josh's wedding. So it was everyone's surprise to see Porter Ray in Birmingham for Harper's birthday. Harper has no idea how lucky he is! We got a great photo with all the Wooten boys. Maybe grandpa will get a wild hair and travel to St. Louis for our wedding :)

Either way, I can't wait to celebrate many more birthdays with Baby Harper.
The Wooten Family (four generations)! Dennis, Grandpa Porter, Josh, Harper & Tim
Yummy cake!
Harper is happy as can be with Uncle Timmy & his Dad

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Windy City

I've been to Chicago countless times in my life, and every time I visit, I'm reminded how much I love the windy city. This particular trip was for work. We were launching the Starbucks holiday campaign and hosted a pop up store right on Michigan avenue - serving coffee to all of those who passed by. The day started with a wake-up call of 3:30 a.m. (yikes!) and went until the sun went down. It was super cold, but luckily my dad bought me a serious down coat just to make it through my day of work in the Chicago cold - thanks Dad! The event was successful and I got to spend time getting to know my Edelman colleague from Portland - we ended up having a great time (especially when we dined out at a quaint Chicago-style Italian eatery)!

But, the best part was staying at the historic hotel, The Drake. I never really realized how much history was at this hotel -- so many famous people have stayed there, Princess Diana, Jack Nicholson. Scenes from one of my favorite movies My Best Friends Wedding were also filmed at the hotel. To my surprise, when I checked-in, I was upgraded to a room bigger than my house. The room had floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan, it was gorgeous.

And just to note, I do love Chicago, but only for a few days. I've been there in the cold winter months and there is no way I'd every survive living there. Way to cold! But if I get the chance to visit again, I'll be there in a heart beat.

The Edelman team (Jill, Casey, Kevin & Me) at the Starbucks photo booth. See my big coat:)

The chandelier in my hotel room!

The living room in my hotel room - if only I wasn't traveling alone. There was a full kitchen, huge bedroom and bathroom. I liked that they maintained the historic look of the hotel.

Gorgeous view of Lake Michigan from my hotel windows. I could see Oprah's house :)

Starbucks pop up store.

Inside of the pop up store.

Right on Michigan Avenue. Edelman's Headquarters is around the corner.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Top PR Prize

The other night I was asked to attend the Public Relations Society of America's (Georgia Chapter) Phoenix Awards Dinner. These awards honor the best public relations work during 2010. What I thought was going to just be a fancy networking event turned into one of the most memorable evenings of my career.

Awhile back, I submitted an entry for the campaign I've been working on for a couple of years now - the launch of Starbucks VIA! I've submitted countless PR industry award entries for VIA, and we've already won major national awards for the campaign. However, the PRSA Georgia awards were particularly special. It was the first awards ceremony that I was asked to attend, and to my surprise -- VIA was awarded the top honor of the entire evening! It won the top PR campaign of the year! It was the last award of the evening and I was completely shocked when they called my name. I was so proud walking up to that stage and accepting the award. Along with my team, we've accomplished a lot and now I have a sparkling crystal bowl to represent all of our hard work.

After we received all of our awards (and the top award of the night)!
Edelman gang before the event.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Favorite Time of Year

It took Tim three full hours to rake leaves today (and that's just the back yard). Fall is definitely here to stay. Maybe it's the football, or maybe the food (soup and chili!) or maybe the colors or the clothes, really all of these reasons are why I love fall. We've been lucky to go to most of the big Auburn home games and the weather at each one has been amazing. Then the weekends we are at home, there's nothing better then cozying up on the couch with a big pot of chili cooking on the stove while we watch football on TV all day. It really is my favorite season and I'm enjoying every minute of it (especially the extra 60 minutes of sleep we got this morning). Here are some photos from our fall football weekends...

Best part of fall tailgate - the Bonham Bonfire!
Gals before the Arkansas game
Mom & Dad came to Auburn to celebrate Dad's 65th!
My Dad and Carol celebrated October birthdays!
Auburn vs. LSU in Auburn for Taylor & River's engagement tailgate
The Singletary Sisters at the engagement tailgate